Good morning my loves!
I hope you’ve had a jolly good weekend. Today it is my stop on the blog tour for the eagerly anticipated A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie. This is the first in a new trilogy, The Age of Madness, which is set in the First Law world.
At this point in time, Joe Abercrombie has a cult following. Those who are very familiar with grimdark fantasy genre have nothing but wonderful things to say. As a fairly newbie to it all, he is a completely new to me author.
Now, Gollacz have done me right in the past couple of months. They told me I’d love Song of the Sycamore and I did and so I had every faith that I would enjoy this one too.
Title: A Little Hatred (The Age of Madness #1)
Author: Joe Abercrombie
Publication date: 17th September 2019
My rating: ★★★★☆
Goodreads rating: 3.76
Genre: Fantasy, grimdark
The chimneys of industry rise over Adua and the world seethes with new opportunities. But old scores run deep as ever.
On the blood-soaked borders of Angland, Leo dan Brock struggles to win fame on the battlefield, and defeat the marauding armies of Stour Nightfall. He hopes for help from the crown. But King Jezal’s son, the feckless Prince Orso, is a man who specializes in disappointments.
Savine dan Glokta – socialite, investor, and daughter of the most feared man in the Union – plans to claw her way to the top of the slag-heap of society by any means necessary. But the slums boil over with a rage that all the money in the world cannot control.
The age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die. With the help of the mad hillwoman Isern-i-Phail, Rikke struggles to control the blessing, or the curse, of the Long Eye. Glimpsing the future is one thing, but with the guiding hand of the First of the Magi still pulling the strings, changing it will be quite another…
Overall opinion of the book:
I sincerely wish that I had read the other 7 books in this world before reading this one. I think I would have appreciated the intricacies so much more. The world is deliciously dark and has an equally grim cast of characters, which I found beguiling from the very first page. A Little Hatred primarily follows 7 characters that each have a distinctive voice; Rikke, Leo, Savine, Orso, Vic, Broad, and Clover. In the time of industrial revolution, a new war has began. Who will come out on top?
I won’t say anything on the plot because I feel like this is world that needs to be discovered when a person can completely immerse themselves in it. A Little Hatred is the first grimdark fantasy that I’ve read but it certainly won’t be the last. Tell me, are grimdark fantasy books always this clever, funny and all the while seriously bloody? If so count me in!
Prior to starting this book I did read a little about Joe Abercrombie and I was made aware the reputation that Joe has for writing. I have lots of friends, whose opinions I trust completely, that have told me that I really need to get into his work. And boy am I so glad that I listened and gave him a go.
So, this one was a 4 star read for me, but let me preface that by saying that this is the first Joe Abercrombie book I have ever read. While I thoroughly enjoyed it, I feel that had I read the preceding books set in this world, it would have been without a doubt a 5 star read. So, as a result, I have actually gone out and purchased the entire First Law trilogy with the view to read them and then head back to A Little Hatred.
Peace and pages